A View From The PastEvents of past years as chronicled through the county newspapers

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Years Ago

A man fancied a pair of breeches in the New Store. He didnít have the price, so he did the other thing. Mr. Schneider, of the store, saw him in the act and started for him. The man didnít have the time or opportunity for getting out the front door, so he took a header out of a back window and into the river. The man, it seems, is something of a water rat. The cold of the river didnít freeze him even a little bit. When he crawled out from under the wharf, he struck land a-running; Mr. Schneider and Mr. McLeod were right after him. Near city hall Mr. Schneider came near enough to trip him, and half way up Screven Street Mr. McLeod caught and stopped him until a policeman came. . .

Saturday a horse and wagon were backed off Johnsonís fish-house wharf by the careless or inexperienced driving of a young boy. The boy jumped; the horse drowned. The wagon was later fished out of the river. The team was the property of a water carrier for the Atlantic Coast Lumber Corporation.

75 Years Ago

Times Tattles by I.D. Clare - Mrs. Charles Fore reporting killing a rattlesnake with thirteen rattles the other day, using as her weapon a stick. . . J.M. Turner, city electrical genius, paying a $5 reward for the return of his pair of store teeth. Wonder where they were discovered? . . .Mrs. A.G. Trenholm revealing that the menís exhibit at the Winyah Garden club show is going to be quite interesting. And the more men who will submit exhibits in this ďanything goesĒ class, the better it will be.

50 Years Ago

Spring has sprung and acres of billowing white canvas will be erected on the American Legion Fairgrounds April 16. Coming to Georgetown is the Sells and Grey Circus. Receiving top billing are the Riding Santiagos, known as the Royal Family of the Brazilian bigtop. Star member of the family troupe is Eddie Santiago, the only man in the world who jumps through a hoop of fire. Sharing the spotlight with the Santiagos are the Aguilars, Europeís most intrepid stars of the precarious perch pole.

25 Years Ago

State officials focused attention on the North Island lighthouse Thursday and the 10 teenagers who are encamped there. Some of the teens are non-violent juvenile offenders, but the common thread that binds them is that they all come from problem childhood backgrounds. Now they are being given a unique opportunity to change their lives through the Georgetown Marine Institute. The youths who participate in the program will receive training in boat-building and seamanship as well as instruction that will help them achieve their high school GED.

10 Years Ago

Georgetown resident Quint Simmons caught a 65-pound, 30-inch catfish with a 10-pound test line at the Georgetown Mill Pond. He said he was fishing for crappie, standing on the side of the pond as he has done since he was 15. The fish fought him for two hours.

5 Years Ago

Georgetown officials learned Wednesday that the city is likely to get a $3 million grant to help take care of its drainage problems. When the river is already high because of rainwater, not a whole lot more can flow into the river. Plenty of people around the city donít remember a time when the streets near the steel mill and City Hall didnít flood when there was a heavy rain. Jeepy Ford of Parrish Motor Company has said in the past that he traces the flooding problems near his auto dealership on Fraser Street to the building of what was then Georgetown Steel in the mid 1960ís. A drainage ditch was covered over after a pipe was put in the ditch. Since then, Ford has said, there have been flooding problems.

1 Year Ago

A reward is being offered for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for committing the federal crime of vandalizing the Georgetown Lighthouse last week. The lighting equipment was damaged to the point that the light is inoperable. The glazing lens and five lightbulbs were stolen. The penalty for such vandalism is a maximum of up to 20 years of imprisonment and as much as $2,500 fine per day for each violation.

ó Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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